Insiders within the ruling party argue that what is likely to come out of the caucus is a decision to maintain the status quo—Kadaga as speaker and Oulanyah as deputy
The political battle over the parliamentary top job would be decided today as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus convenes at State House, Entebbe, to endorse the Central Executive Committee decision on the impasse.
The race for speaker pits incumbent Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah, who have exchanged political jabs over the highly-billed position that political analysts say directly has a bearing on how the 10th parliament would operate no matter who NRM selects as speaker.
However, given the fact that NRM has 300 newly-elected lawmakers, the decision of the party caucus is normally rubberstamped by Parliament, a process that renders the election of the speaker by the whole House, ceremonial.
The election of the speaker would be supervised by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe on May 19, shortly after the swearing in of new lawmakers, which starts on May 16-18.
Yet what is clear is the fact that the NRM caucus would today come up with a unanimous decision on who would the speaker and deputy.
Insiders within the ruling party argue that what is likely to come out of the caucus is a decision to maintain the status quo—Kadaga as speaker and Oulanyah as deputy.
If such a decision is decided, it would leave other party contenders for deputy speaker position such as Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Agaba Abass (Kitagweda County), Monicah Amoding (Kumi woman), David Bahati (Ndorwa West) and Denis Hamson Obua (Ajuri County in the dark.